LAWRENCE ONG, EO-1 MISSION SCIENCE OFFICE, NASA GSFC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LAWRENCE ONG, EO-1 MISSION SCIENCE OFFICE, NASA GSFC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29th, 2005. This image, showing the flooded city (dark areas) was acquired on September 6, 2005. Hurricane Katrina left a trail of destruction on the Gulf of Mexico coast of the USA, notably in New Orleans. There, the high winds, rain and storm surge caused the low-lying city's flood defences to fail. Around 80% of New Orleans was flooded, with thousands killed. The evacuation of all the city's 1.3 million residents was ordered on September 8th. The Advanced Land Imager on NASA's EO-1 satellite acquired this detailed image of the flooded city.
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